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June 4, 2022

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks, 1933

Fugitive criminals stand little chance of escape when the Oregon State police take out after them. They are hunted down from the air by a plane that takes off from the top of an automobile, which then goes after the felons on the ground.

When alarm comes in, Oregon state police pursue fugitive criminals in this small plane, which takes off from plat-form mounted on top of a touring car as shown above.

How the scheme works is illustrated by the picture above from 1933. The small plane rests on a platform on the top of a sedan and has folding wings to facilitate storage. When an alarm comes in, the wings are unfolded, the motor car speeds up to 25 miles per hour, and the ship takes to the air in search of the fugitives. Dick Rankin, Portland, Oregon, aviator, was the originator of the stunt.


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